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July 2019

World Spins Series: Venezuela Humanitarian Crisis Briefing

Over the last three years, approximately 3.4 million people have fled Venezuela for other countries around the world. It is estimated that of these, approximately 2.7 million have fled to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with the total number expected to exceed 5 million people by the end of 2019. This migration is the largest to affect the Western Hemisphere in modern history, creating an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.  Access to health care, education, food and nutrition, and safety…

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  • 24th July 2019 - Wednesday
  • Austin City Hall
  • 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX.

Austin-Pune Official Sister City Ceremony

The Austin-Pune Sister City Committee, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, the City of Austin and World Affairs Council of Austin invite you to the official signing ceremony launching the Austin-Pune Sister City relationship.  Pune is the eighth largest city in India with a population of 4 million.  Austin and Pune’s economies rely heavily on the IT and manufacturing sectors.  Additionally, Pune is considered the cultural capital of the state of Maharastra and the education capital of India or “the…

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August 2019

USMCA Trade Briefing

The World Affairs Council of Austin, U.S. Commercial Service, BBVA, ITC at UTSA, and the Texas Camino Real District Export Council invite you to a USMCA Trade Briefing featuring David Olsen, Mexico Desk Officer, Office of North America, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Katrice Kelly, Senior International Trade Specialist, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis/Industry & Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce. USMCA was signed on November 30, 2018 and Mexico’s legislative body voted in favor of the new trade agreement…

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The European Union – Turmoil or Transition? BREXIT vs. Regionalism

Are you curious about the state of the European Union?  Reserve your seat now for our next World Spins Series event:  The European Union – Turmoil or Transition? BREXIT vs. Regionalism   Our guest speaker, Mr. Yves Dubus, Belgian Trade Commissioner in Houston, will help us understand what is taking place in Europe.  As you read in the news headlines, the United Kingdom is still trying to resolve Brexit.  Italy’s left-right coalition government struggles to maintain its commitment to the…

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September 2019

European Politics and the State of Transatlantic Affairs

On September 13th, Mr. Karl Matthias Klause, Head of the Economic Section of the German Embassy in Washington DC  will offer an overview on transatlantic trade, European politics, and the importance of the EU-US relationship to Texas.  Mr. Klause’s responsibilities at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany include economy, trade, business, finance, science, transport, and agriculture.  Agenda 11:45 AM Registration 12:00 PM Speaker Introduction by Roland Pena, Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Austin Chamber of…

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  • 15th September 2019 - Sunday
  • State Capitol
  • 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, .

Annual Fiesta de El Grito de Independencia

In collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico, the Austin-Saltillo Sister City Committee,  the City of Austin, Univision, the State Preservation Board, and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Austin’s annual Fiesta de El Grito de Independencia is a musical celebration and historical re-enactment of Mexico’s call for independence from Spain.  The event takes place each year on the South Steps of the State Capitol. The Fiesta de El Grito, located on the grounds of the State Capitol since 2013, has…

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International Political Risk: Implications for Business Leaders with DJ Peterson

In collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St. Edward’s University, the World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to present Dr. DJ Peterson at the next meeting of the Central Texas International Business Coalition.  Our guest speaker, Dr. DJ Peterson, is President of Longview Global Advisors. Dr. Peterson has 28 years of research and consulting experience focusing on politics, economics, business, technology, and society.  Prior to founding Longview Global Advisors in 2013, he held senior positions at Eurasia…

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Trade, Technology and the New Global Political Order

The World Affairs Council of Austin in partnership with the Kozmetsky Center is pleased to have Dr. DJ Peterson, Founder of Longview Global Advisors in Austin.  Dr. Peterson will share his perspective on the looming U.S.-China trade war;  U.S-Mexico/Latin America business and trade relations in the context of hardened border policies; the use of tariffs to achieve American global strategic priorities in the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America; and Brexit’s impact on the European Union’s cohesion and prospects for…

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October 2019

Fourth Annual Texas-Latin America Business Summit

Texas – Latin America Business Summit Helps Texas Companies Access Nearshore Expanding Markets The World Affairs Council of Austin will present the Fourth Annual Texas-Latin America Business Summit on October 3, 2019.  Forbes reported in March that LATAM’s economy has the potential to grow faster than that of Asia.  The Summit brings trade promotion experts and business decision-makers together for panels and meetings.  The event is a unique face-to-face opportunity for Austin corporate representatives to make connections and learn about…

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Business Briefing Featuring H.E. David Bakradze, the Republic of Georgia’s Ambassador to the USA

In recent years, Georgia has been working to strengthen their own technology and innovation ecosystem with the help of the U.S. technology industry. The government of Georgia supported the establishment of entrepreneurial programs StartUp Grind Tbilisi and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency. H.E. David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia to the USA, and his delegation, will provide an overview of specific opportunities available to central Texas businesses. Georgia is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgia is recognized…

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